A while back, Marvel Studios made public their official cast announcement for their upcoming Thunderbolts film.
The cast will include of fan-favorite characters that have appeared in past Marvel Cinematic Universe productions. However, the specifics of the antagonist that they are going to have to deal with have yet to be known to them at this point in time.
Now, a new report has surfaced, and they could be going up against a very formidable opponent.
Daniel Richtman, a well-known industry insider, was quoted as saying that Marvel is in the process of searching for an actor to play the antagonist in Thunderbolts, who has been described as a “Evil Superman.” This information was reported by Murphy’s Multiverse. The description may be making a reference to Sentry.
In addition, they reported that Marvel is looking at either Ryan Gosling or Alexander Skarsgard as the actors that are being eyed to play the villain given that the role calls for a male lead between the ages of 30 and 50.
This is due to the fact that the position requires a man to take the lead role between the ages of 30 and 50.
“Thunderbolts”: Cast Members
As was just indicated, we are now aware of the members who will be contributing to the team in Thunderbolts, and it is an intriguing assortment.
- Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Valentina Allegra de Fontaine
- David Harbour as the Red Guardian
- Hannah John-Kamen as Ghost
- Sebastian Stan as James “Bucky” Barnes, also known as The Winter Soldier
- Wyatt Russell plays the role of John Walker, also known as US Agent
- Florence Pugh plays Yelena Boleva.
- Olga Kurylenko plays Taskmaster.
It was assumed that William Hurt, who played the role of General Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, would lead the team in a manner similar to how he did in the comics. However, this did not turn out to be the case.
After Hurt’s demise in March 2022, it appears that the character will not be recast in any other actor.
We’ve seen Val recruiting US Agent (in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier), and we’ve seen her previously working with Yelena in Black Widow, so it’s probable that she’ll be taking on the position of team commander in the Marvel Cinematic Universe adaptation of the team.
Fans were startled to not see Daniel Brühl’s portrayal of Baron Zemo as a part of the line-up; however, since his most recent Marvel Cinematic Universe appearance concluded with him being imprisoned in the Raft, it’s possible that he has other things to do with at the moment.
First Appearance Of Marvel’s Thunderbolts In Comic Books
Their tales, like those of the majority of Marvel’s characters, were first told in written form.
The same can be said for the Thunderbolts, who were introduced for the very first time in The Incredible Hulk #449, a comic book that was published in January 1997. Citizen V, Atlas, Meteorite, Mach-I, and Techno were the members of the first team of Thunderbolts, which Mark Bagley and Kurt Busiek were responsible for creating. Are you not familiar with those names?
In fact, the first six Thunderbolts were a group of super-criminals led by Baron Helmut Zemo (Citizen V). Their goal was to earn the trust of the population and the government in order to steal resources from the city.
Other super-criminals such as Goliath (Atlas), Moonstone (Meteorite), Beetle (Mach-I), Fixer (Techno), and Screaming Mimi (Songbird) were recruited by Baron Zemo for his master scheme.
Zemo was set on retribution. He wanted to get even with Captain America and the Avengers, and getting his Thunderbolts together was the best way to get started.
After putting his plan into action, he was going to go after them when it appeared that the Avengers and the Fantastic Four had been killed by Onslaught in the course of their battle. Following then, there was a shift in the agenda.
Instead of accomplishing what Onslaught had done, Baron Zemo decided that he would give his Thunderbolts new identities and have them think they were superheroes who were there to fight against evil.
Baron Zemo yearned to get his hands on the secret files kept by SHIELD and the Avengers. He was interested in acquiring personal wealth in addition to financial success in the criminal underground. The popularity that his Thunderbolts were having as they performed as superheroes was something other than what he had anticipated, though.
The Thunderbolts from Marvel were starting to get used to the idea that they were being portrayed in the public eye as heroes rather than as criminals.
They were further propelled into the “hero” domain when they came across Jolt (Helen Takahama), a teenage girl who had lost both of her parents as a result of the Onslaught event. Jolt had been left without a parent. Jolt received her bioelectric talents from the geneticist Arnim Zola, who is also responsible for giving her her name.
The moment Jolt was introduced to the Thunderbolts, he had an instant affinity towards the group. She had faith in the charitable work that they were doing. This conviction served as an additional impetus for the Thunderbolts to desire to carry on their tradition of doing good.
“Thunderbolts”: Release Date
In 2022, it was reported that Jake Schreier would be directing the Thunderbolts movie, and Eric Pearson, who had previously written the script for Black Widow, would be writing it.
The film is scheduled to begin production during the summer of 2023, and the current official release date for the film is scheduled for July 26, 2024.
Thunderbolts will serve as the culmination of Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase 5 unless the repositioning of Deadpool 3 results in a different outcome. Because Marvel’s current project slate and release schedule is so packed, it is possible that some of the impending projects will be altered, but it is Marvel’s desire that they will remain on track.
Marvel’s Thunderbolts has a special place near the conclusion of Phase 5 due to the fact that it features characters who have already been presented in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and puts them together to form an entirely new team. As a result, moving forward with the Marvel Cinematic Universe will be significantly impacted by this significant turning point.
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“Thunderbolts”: Expected Plot
The plot of Marvel’s Thunderbolts is summed up in the show’s official summary as follows: “A crew of antiheroes goes on missions for the government.”
In the comic books published by Marvel, the Thunderbolts were at first a group of supervillains who pretended to be heroes while the Avengers weren’t around. In fact, however, they were part of the Masters of Evil and were directed by Baron Helmut Zemo.
However, it appears that this squad has been organized by CIA director Valentina Allegra de Fontaine, who has previously recruited Yelena Belova and John Walker to work for her. This time around, this team looks to have been put together by Valentina Allegra de Fontaine.
The fact that Thaddeus Ross is a politician makes it highly possible that he is working with Val, a possibility that is made even more likely by the fact that they take more extreme positions on subjects inside the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Is It True That Harrison Ford Is Going to Play The Red Hulk In Thunderbolts?
Harrison Ford has replaced the much-loved William Hurt in the role of “Thunderbolt” Ross at Marvel Studios, which means that he has the potential to become the Red Hulk for Marvel’s Thunderbolts in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
In the comic books, Ross’s fixation with vanquishing the Hulk drove him to form alliances with some of the most deadly criminal minds in the Marvel Universe on many occasions.
One of these times was World War Hulk. Intelligencia was the name given to the villainous group that operated during World War Hulk and consisted of Ross, MODOK, the Leader, and Doc Samson. Ross and his allies employed a variety of tactics to suck energy from the Hulk, which they then used to change Ross into Red Hulk.
This was similar to the comedic and somewhat more tragic interpretation of Intelligencia that appeared in She-Hulk.
Later, following the Phoenix War, Ross headed a version of the Thunderbolts that included Venom, Punisher, Elektra, Ghost Rider, Mercy, the Leader, and Deadpool. Ross was also the leader of the Thunderbolts (who will be played by Ryan Reynolds in the MCU in Deadpool 3).
For this reason, many members of the fandom find Harrison Ford’s transformation into “Thunderbolt” Ross, sometimes known as Red Hulk, to be particularly remarkable. It is a casting decision that might have repercussions not only for Marvel’s Thunderbolts but also for a variety of confirmed and speculated MCU projects that are in the works farther down the road.